Torrey - Man -13.6- The blessings that result from love to men

VI. THE BLESSINGS THAT RESULT FROM LOVE TO MEN. 1 Peter 4:8 — "Above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins."

First Proposition: Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Corinthians 8:1 RV — "Now concerning things sacrificed to idols:

We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth."

Second Proposition: Love builds up. Colossians 2:2 — "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ."

Third Proposition: Love knits together. 1 John 2:10 — "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him."

Fourth Proposition: He who loves his brother abides in the light and does not stumble. 1 John 3:22-23 — "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

Fifth Proposition: Love to brethren gives prevailing power to prayer.

VII. HOW LOVE TO MEN IS OBTAINED. 1 John 4:7 — "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."

First Proposition: Love is of God, and to love we must be born of God. 1 John 4:19 RV — "We love because he first loved us."

Second Proposition: We love because God first loved us.

His love to us awakens love in us: first to Him and then to man. If we would learn to love, we must believe in and meditate on His love to us. Galatians 5:6 — "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."

Third Proposition: Faith works by love. Love is the outcome of faith. (Compare to 1 John 3:23.)

Love is greater than faith, but faith is the root, of which love is the fruit. To say "it is better to have love even without faith than it is to have faith without love," is much like saying it is better to have a crop of apples without having roots to your apple trees than it is to have roots without apples. Rootless trees do not bear fruit and faithless lives do not bring forth love. Galatians 5:22 — "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." Romans 5:5 — "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."

Fourth Proposition: Love is the fruit of the Spirit.

If you wish love, let the Spirit work in your heart and bear His fruit in your life. You will never attain love by any mere effort of your own. Love is not a fruit that is native to the soil of the human heart. 1 Corinthians 14:1, RV — "Follow after love; yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy." 1 Timothy 6:11 — "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." 2 Timothy 2:22 RV — "But flee youthful lusts, and follow after' righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

Fifth Proposition: We should pursue love.

While love is the Holy Spirit's work, it should be the object of our desire and pursuit. Hebrews 10:24. "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works."

Sixth Proposition: We should spur on one another to love. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 — "But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another."

Seventh Proposition: God teaches us to love one another. Philippians 1:9 — "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment."

Eighth Proposition: God imparts increasing love in answer to prayer. Galatians 2:20 — "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now life in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Ninth Proposition: If you would learn to love, let Christ in to live His life in your heart.

Renounce self; renounce the flesh; crucify it, put it in the place of the curse, and let Christ live his life in you.